Zelazny, Roger / The changing land
Author Zelazny, Roger
Title The changing land
Edition Book club edition
Publish Date 1981
Publisher Ballantine Books
Type Fiction (Paper)
LC Call # PS3576.E43C483 1981
Genre Fantasy fiction
Synopsis The sky darkened as they rode, the pale, westering sun growing fainter and fainter. They rode for several minutes, hurrying past two more gleaming human statues. The distances between the ghostly stands of stone began to widen.
Abruptly, the singing winds ceased. Far ahead, a large, open area came into view, where the ground was darker and lightly ridged. Stormbird's pace increased moments before they felt a sharp vibration, followed by a loud explosion from overhead. For several seconds the sky grew bright as day, and then it darkened again.
A little farther along, tiny flakes of fire began to descend like snow. Soon they were upon them, and Dilvish raised his cloak to shield Arlata and himself.
Waves of changing magic blow across the land surrounding Castle Timeless, because Tualua, the ancient magical being bound into the service of the sorcerer Jelerak, has gone mad. And Jelerak has vanished to parts unknown.
While the waves of magic throw the land into chaos -- altering time, changing terrain, blocking other magic spells -- Castle Timeless is also in turmoil. Opportunistic, rival sorcerers vie to seize the powers inherent in the castle, and daily more travelers journey through the changing land, to try to harness Tualua's powers or to await the return of Jelerak.
Among the travelers are Arlata, who would harness Tualua's power for good; Weleand, who claims the same goal, and Dilvish, whose search for vengeance plunges him into a perilous adventure through all the limits of time.